Study in Cape Town with ISM



South Africa's national motto


Cosmopolitan and abundant in natural beauty, Cape Town is the powerhouse of the Western Cape province – South Africa's second main economic center. Known colloquially as "Silicon Cape," the city is home to a thriving tech startup scene and a dynamic small business sector. Take our two-week program here to gain insight into African business practices and emerging markets on the continent.


  • One-to-two-week program in international business, focusing on Africa and emerging markets
  • Provided in collaboration with our local partner institution
  • Offered each autumn on a rotating basis with our Shanghai, New Delhi, and São Paulo locations

City Facts

  • Tech capital of South Africa

  • 59% of the country's tech startups are based in the Western Cape region

  • Economy dominated by small and medium-size businesses

  • Talent hotspot, with four top-ranking universities and 94,000 students


Stellenbosch University is located in the historic university town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, among the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. It is also one of South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates, and rated scientists.

The student view

Having an international DBA with ISM allows me to make an impact globally.

I've been able to study with 18 different nationalities in a group of 20 students. The diversity of opinions and perspectives is truly remarkable.

ISM offers flexibility without compromising the quality of the academic experience.

If you want international exposure and practical learning, and you don't want to interrupt your work while you study, then ISM is the place to be.

The small class sizes help us connect to the professors.

Studying at ISM is a great way to learn, see the world, and expand your international network.

The culture at ISM facilitates success by motivating students while providing the individual support they may need.

ISM is very hands-on with the development of its students and creates professionals destined for greater horizons.

I found it very helpful that you can break your coursework into manageable amounts so you can really focus on the coursework, but also continue to have a normal work and family life.

The entrepreneurship course I took at ISM was pivotal. The professor was able to create a shift in the how we viewed innovation and entrepreneurship.